Photo: Rideau Tours
Imagine peacefully paddling with friends or family, with only the sounds of your paddle dipping into the still water and the loon calls rising with the sun. Skirting the edges of lush forest and rocky outcroppings, through bays and historic locks on the Rideau Canal. Spying a blue heron fishing quietly at the shoreline or a turtle sunning on a rock. It’s reality while paddling in Rideau Lakes and it’s how some of the best summer memories are made.
Taking out a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard is a beautiful way to explore Rideau Lakes. Whether you’re completely new to paddling or a pro on the water, there are many ways to experience Rideau Lakes by canoe, kayak or paddleboard.
Top Paddle Routes
Frontenac Arch Biosphere Routes
Frontenac Arch Biosphere provides FAB Experiences: detailed route maps, indicating where to start, portages (if any), put-ins, and take-outs. Check out FAB’s new interactive map or discover their planned routes.
- Jones Falls to Frontenac Provincial Park
- Jones Falls to Lower Beverley Lake
- Newboro Lake Loop
- Opinicon and Sand Lake
- Rideau Canal
- Upper Rideau Lake
Be sure to take a look at Watson’s Guide to the Rideau when planning your paddling experience! It’s a handy tool with a day-by-day approach for paddlers who are looking for a one day or multi-day paddle. The guide is also great for people new to the area or long-term visitors who want to learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guarantee you’ll learn something new!
For the true immersive experience, skip the portage and purchase a seasonal lockage permit for canoes or kayaks to lock through one of the Rideau Canal’s 47 historic locks.
Make the most of summer on the water! Pattinson’s Paddles offers paddleboard and kayak rentals out of Newboro. They also offer delivery for a small fee if you want the rental to come to you. Known for personalized and helpful service, SUPs here can also be rented with a kayak seat attachment for a handy sitting option.
Rideau Tours is an expert in canoe and kayak rentals, showcasing exciting Rideau Canal experiences by bike, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals, as well as through custom tours. Rideau Tours includes a detailed map of the water system so visitors can follow the best routes. Explore the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Get your float on! Rideau Classics Rental in Portland offers SUP paddleboard and kayaks for rent, as well as peddle boats and canoes. Don’t have extra equipment? No problem! Rideau Classics also rents wetsuits, coolers, and waterproof bags.
Try kayaking with your fishing rod while staying at the waterfront Poplar Resort in the beautiful village of Newboro! Poplars offers kayak and canoe rentals to guests and even provides a tow out service to spots on Newboro Lake to allow you to drift and paddle back to the resort at your own pace if the full trip seems daunting.
Cross something off your bucket list and try canoe building with Bear Mountain Boats. Purchase your plans and materials to build your own paddling vessel. They even offer workshops!
Are you an outdoors enthusiast? Mark your calendar for the inaugural Chaffey’s Lock Outdoor Expo set for Sept. 23! Embrace the great outdoors with free boat rides, kayaking and canoeing, road and mountain biking, fishing and outdoor survival experts.
Embrace the paddling lifestyle and discover why Rideau Lakes is known for its stunning lakes and waterways by exploring the water in a canoe, kayak or paddleboard!